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Fed up with Washington's involvement in everything from land use to gun control to education spending, states across the country are fighting back against what they say is the federal government's growing intrusion on their rights.
At least 35 states have introduced legislation this year asserting their power under the Tenth Amendment to regulate all matters not specifically delegated to the federal government by the Constitution.
"This has been boiling for years, and it's finally come to a head," said Utah State Rep. Carl Wimmer. "With TARP and No Child Left Behind, these things that continue to give the federal government more authority, our rights as states and individuals are being turned on their head."
"From 1937 to 1995 there is not one instance of the Supreme Court knocking back Congress," he said. "In the Constitution the interstate commerce clause gives Congress the right to regulate commerce between the states. That gives them a lot of power. There were questions of how far they can reach, but then comes the New Deal, and Roosevelt gets all these picks on the [Supreme] Court, and they come upon a theory whereupon congressional power is almost infinite."
Texas Gov. Rick Perry made headlines recently when he made a passing reference to the possibility of the Lone Star State seceding from the U.S., saying, "if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that?"
"The balance of power between the states and the federal government is way out of whack," said Georgia state Senator Chip Pearson." The effect here is incalculable. Everything you do from the moment you wake up until you get to bed, there is some federal law or restriction."
Originally posted by ShiftTrio
Where were these people when Bush was in power? No Child left behind? Seems very BS partisan politics to me.
Originally posted by jam321
Africans fought for their rights through the courts and have won major decisions.
Native Indians have done likewise. As well as Hispanics and other nationalities.
Gays and Lesbians are currently fighting for their rights through the courts.
So can somebody please tell me why so many of these states are spending all their time and energy passing feel good resolutions to present to the President and Congress who will merely laugh.
They should take their issues to the court and have the court declare a certain law or program UNCONSTITUTIONAL. This IMO is the way the states ought to take on the FEDS if they are really serious about getting back and keeping their State Rights.
Originally posted by Amaterasu
I don't know... I fully support States' rights, but I fear that this is another move to divide and conquer.
I mean.... It IS Fox.
And what Fox lets out of the bag...well, it's suspicious.
As long as We support the Constitution and do NOT war amongst ourselves, I want the Feds out. But I can't help feeling there's something up somebody's sleeve... Like they think it will be easy to create issues between States.
I can hope that it's just folks in the system who are fed up, and letting some truth out, despite the Masters.